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Master of Laws (LLM) Degrees

Seasoned attorneys and recent graduates have all made the choice to prepare themselves for the next generation of legal practice. As an advanced law degree, the LLM program requires an ABA-accredited JD degree (domestic applicants) OR the first degree of law required for law practice or law teaching (international applications).

Scholarships for All Students Starting in 2021

$15,000 minimum scholarship guaranteed for applicants admitted to the LLM program and starting their studies during the Summer or Fall 2021 terms. Not applicable to joint degree or online degree program applicants. Must submit a complete application by April 15, 2021 to be considered for this scholarship.

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The LLM in Dispute Resolution is considered the premier program in dispute resolution and offers students the most amount of flexibility in their dispute resolution education. 


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The LLM in International Commercial Arbitration is designed to combine a robust academic foundation, a capstone practice experience in which every student will gain experience.


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The LLM in International Commercial Law and Arbitration (ICLA) is designed for students who want to develop expertise in both business law and international commercial arbitration.

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Commercial Law

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The LLM in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution (ICLDR) is designed for students who want to develop expertise in both business law and dispute resolution.


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The LLM in US Law and Dispute Resolution is designed for students looking to focus on general law courses to qualify for a US bar exam.

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice

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Pepperdine is the only program in the country combining entertainment, media, and sports law, with dispute resolution and business. Electives include courses from the top ranked dispute resolution program or in partnership with Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School.


LLM in US Law program at the Straus Institute

The LLM in United States Law is designed for international legal professionals looking to study U.S. law under internationally recognized scholars.



Partial and full-tuition scholarships are available for Dispute Resolution programs.

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